Social Studies

Social Studies is a great concentration for students who are interested in studying a social science topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. We offer small tutorials, one-on-one advising, and a vibrant and supportive intellectual community. We aim to give our students the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to do high level work in the social sciences, including conducting primary research in preparation for a senior thesis. Our curriculum is comprised of a set of foundational courses in social theory, economics, statistics, and the philosophy and methods of the social sciences, followed by junior tutorials that immerse students in social science topics and teach research methods.   Department Website

Social Studies students develop individualized focus fields in close consultation with their academic advisors, drawing courses from across the college and, frequently, from the graduate schools. Examples of focus fields are "Education in American Society;" "Development in Latin America;" and "Liberty and Freedom in Modern Social Thought." Social Studies students develop excellent analytical, research, and writing skills, and they devote their senior year to writing a thesis, which serves both as a capstone to their undergraduate education and a chance to develop and complete a major independent project.